CHICAGO (CBS) — Trace amounts of radiation from Japan have been detected in Chicago. As WBBM Newsradio 780′s Mike Krauser reports, travelers coming in from Japan on Wednesday triggered radiation detectors at O’Hare as they passed through customs. Only very small amounts of radiation were detected. In one instance, radiation was detected in a plane’s air filtration system. Radiation was also found in luggage and on passengers on flights from Japan.

Mayor Richard M. Daley and other city officials wouldn’t provide any additional details, saying federal authorities were handling the situation.

“Of course the protection of the person coming off the plane is important in regards to any radiation and especially within their families,” Daley said at an unrelated event.

The mayor said the city has no local policy when it comes to detecting radiation at the airports.

“That would be up to the federal government. Every city can’t have a policy. One says yes, one says no, you can’t do that. You have to have a federal policy dealing with anyone entering the country in regards to the situations like that,” Daley said. “And they handle it very professionally and it will be up to Homeland Security. We’ve been working with them. They have the primary responsibility.”

Chicago Aviation Department Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino confirmed that at least two planes tested positive for elevated radiation levels.

What a mess..




  1. MikeN says:

    2 trillion gigawatts? That seems a little high.

  2. Grandpa says:

    If you were Japanese you’d have to be crazy or poor not to take a nice 30 day vacation to the Florida Disney World right now.

  3. GregA says:

    #61

    It was an error on my part. Offshore wind in michigan is merely a 1/3 of a trillion megawatts. So that is about 300 gigawatts… About 3 times Michigans annual consumption.

  4. GregA says:

    #60,

    Do solar in places where you don’t farm. Problem solved.

    Also the giant wind farms in Texas all do it on rancer land, so the effect on the land below it is nominal. It is my understanding that the rancers get to lease the land to the power companies as well, so it is additional income for the ranchers as well, subsidizing yummy meat.

  5. cgp says:

    Yet another greenie eco-fascist victory.

    No nukes, no coal.

    I wonder whether these fools will someday
    think about the risks of not enough electricity?

    We must push the notion that it is a moral
    imperative that these activists not be hypcritical
    and not use electricity powered by evil sources
    i.e., disconnect from the grid NOW.

  6. McCullough says:

    How about Nevada? Most of it (80%, maybe) is owned by the guv, which is us…can’t grow anything ‘cept gamblers, strippers, cactus and rattlesnakes. I’m seeing one big solar panel…yeah that’s the ticket.

    Also, Mexico should do this as an growth industry. Giant solar panel farms in the desert, sell the power to we…power good, drugs bad.

    Crazy? Or crazy like a fox?

    Man, I need another whiskey.

  7. pedro says:

    #61 And the most important fact is that #49 actually needs just a mere 1.21 jigowatts out of those 2 trillions to be able to go back to the future.

    #63 So now 330 GW is 1/3 of a billion GW (which equals your trillion MW)? Great math! Must be modern green math. The science is in!!!

  8. Glenn E. says:

    Our local Blockbuster Video stores are closing, in my county. And just by sheer coincidence, I found an opportunity to pick up a used DVD of “Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb”, cheap. It wasn’t the only DVD it got. But at the time, I we hadn’t been told just how bad things were in Japan. And probably still haven’t been.

    For example, I’ve yet to hear the words, “The inside of the reactor vessel is fully exposed. The top had been blown off. And most of the dampening rods lost.” Ya know, I believe this is a case of, no matter how bad you try to imagine it is there, it really much much worse than that. I believe its another Chernobyl in progress. And unfortunately, I’m probably wrong. Because it’s probably a lot worse.

  9. Glenn E. says:

    These radioactive air travel passengers would be the one with money and passports, who can pick up and leave Japan at an hour’s notice. IOWs, fairly well off, if not stinking rich. I was wonder where the executives of the wrecked nuclear plant were? Had they suddenly gone on vacation, out of the country? And who are all these Americans, living over there? Are some of them in charge of overseeing all the outsourced US jobs there? They can’t all be college students.

    So in spite of the US high unemployment, higher labor costs, higher medical costs, etc. When the crap hits the fan in some other part of the world. Look who comes crawling back to the good old USA. Radioactivity and crop parasites, in tow. As if the Stink Bugs weren’t bad enough to deal with. Now what else have they brought with them, that Customs is taking a blind eye approach to.

    In the old days, their clothes would have been confiscated and their skin scrubbed raw. Until hardly a click was heard on the detectors. But now? Pass them on thru, with hardly any delay.

  10. bobbo, knowledge is power, but you still have to use it says:

    #59–Nextlie==so polite. Nice to think you think I will return to this thread. Of course I will. You say:

    You must be a shill used to generate traffic on this blog. /// Just my volunteer services to educate the masses. Few posting here will change/modify their minds after their first thought is expressed, but many more simply read, consider, and pass by. Those are my target.

    I can’t believe any normal human would willingly display such ignorance or maybe you just fell in love with your own reflection in a pool and are oblivious to anything else. /// Pure meaningless rhetoric other than to flag you are Devo.

    What marked the arrival of Green
    Energy’s “time” 40 years ago man of science? /// The oil embargo of 1971 and Carter’s strong statement we needed to become energy independent. Gas mileage requirements put on cars, later rescinded. We had a chance then to drive home the need for energy independence when gas was 45 cents etc. Like all good ideas, once the burning sensation of reality was 6 months in the past, the glorious american public went back to business as normal==wtih much the same morals and insights as you evidence today.

    What process burns sequestered carbon?/// all oil, all coal, all methane ice. Not sequestered: wood, charcoal, trash.

    “Turns out if all the roads in USA were made out of solar cells”
    I assume this means the street in front of my house too. /// Just a statement from one of those discovery tv shows about new tech. I thought it was neat that the road itself could act as a new grid for distribution, power roadsigns/lighting, de-icing without salt, etc. Read somewhere the “heat” associated with the roadway could also be turned into electricity. Just one option of many, but yes, why not in front of your house assuming it is paved and connected to the grid?

    “Future is so bright, I gotta wear shades”
    It sure isn’t because of your brilliance. /// No, the bright promise of the application of future tech. Pretty plain from what I post.

    I will check back for answers, take your time. I know you will be on here. /// Making me a shill I suppose? Hah, hah. Yes indeedy then.

    Imagine the future would already be here if it weren’t for louts like yourself? The future is so bright, I need shades for my 3-D wifi internet corneal implants.

  11. Rick says:

    Is “The Road Warrior” in our future? Everybody in that movie was radioactive to some degree, and BarterTown thrived!

    Well, kinda.